ATC729 wrote: ↑
Wed Jul 17, 2019 7:15 am
While cruising around the web looking at Spydercos, I came across a blade I had never seen or heard of before, the Centofante 3. It checked a lot of boxes for me since I seem to always be searching for a gentleman knife for work that is large enough to cut my apple at lunch (one cut through the middle).
Have I not heard about it because it's an older model?
Is there something wrong with it and thats why it's never suggested when searching "gentleman's knife"?
I really like it, but I'm curious how I have missed it all of this time.
Edit: typing is hard on a phone...
The Centofante 3 is not exactly a new model... I had one some years ago for some time.
And I have to say, there is absolutely nothing wrong with it, I liked it a lot:
Let me explain why and by doing so compare it to a real famous model that you might know, the PM2.
- Centofante has virtually the same edge as the PM2 in a much lighter (71 g vs 111g) and shorter package (closed: 11.4mm vs 12.2, and the Centofante is a lot slimmer)
- It has a backlock (vs comp lock),which I like a lot
- It has a very ergonomic handle that should fit most hands (no finger grooves) plus the edge goes right back to the handle (so your hand is placed very close to the edge without having to use a choil
- And the best thing: Thin,but still strong enough blade stock (2mm vs 3.5mm on the PM2); I am aware of only one other Spydie that has such a slicey thin stock: The Chaparral.
Concerning how the handle is shaped without finger grooves and how the edge goes back all the way to the handle, it is a lot like the Caribbean (not in other aspects though!)
So why did I sell it eventually you might ask?
First I am not a collector, I can´t and don´t want to have too many folders, so I have to sell some in order to have the funds for new ones I want to try
What I did not like in the Centofante was the sabre / hollow grind. Slices amazingly well when it comes to material that has a small diameter, but not so much when it comes to stuff that has some height (like your apple....). Than the upper part of the blade acts a bit like a wedge. I prefer thin blade stock coming in ffg (like in the Chap)
What did not bother me personally at all but is something to consider: As said, there is no choil or Ricasso, so closing the knife is a bit more "risky" for the fingers.
Plus, the Centofante can feel a bit "flexy" and soft in the handle compared to lets say a Stretch with its steel liners. BUT, that being said: Functionally it is absolutely strong enough for any knife task.
For a larger "gents folder" it´s sure one of the best choices out there. Go for it!!
Top three going by pocket-time: Endura 4 in VG 10/Micarta-scales; Stretch 1 in VG 10; Endura 4 in HAP 40